Nick Fraser/Kris Davis/Tony Malaby —
Zoning ... CD Astral Spirits, 2019. New Copy ...
Drummer Nick Fraser has a great sense of cyclical energy here – a way of playing freely, but elliptically – so that there's this sense of passage and phase in some of the music, even while all the members are improvising with great intensity! The core trio features Fraser on drums, ... read moreCD
Soaring work from a Polish ensemble of the 80s – a group who definitely have some of the free cooperation promised by their name – but also resonate with a range of other elements too! At some level, these guys remind us of the more inventive bigger bands that broke on the European ... read moreCD
A great bit of fusion from the start of the 70s – kind of a bridge between the late 60s "groovy" Japanese jazz, and some of the freer-thinking work to come! The group features excellent tenor from Takeru Muraoka, who plays with kind of a sharp edge that almost echoes more of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Part of the "Universounds Presents – Deep Jazz Reality" series!)
Chico Freeman & Mal Waldron —
Up & Down ... CD Black Saint (Italy), 1989. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Features Chico Freeman on tenor and soprano sax, Mal Wladron on piano, and Ricky Knauer on bass – plus Tiziana Ghiglioni on vocals. CD
(Out of print. Tray card has a small, light stain in one corner – hard to notice unless you lift up the inner tray.)
Piano, trumpet, and accordion – a really beautiful combination here in the hands of three masters of their instruments – trumpeter Paolo Fresu, accordionist Richard Galliano, and pianist Jan Lundgren! The set isn't the first this trio has recorded – and it definitely shows their ... read moreCD
One of the coolest, grooviest albums we've ever heard from vibist Dave Friedman – a set that really lives up to the promise we sometimes expect from other records of his, but never find this clearly! Friedman plays both marimba and vibes – the latter with this bold, chromatic quality ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Excellent work from pianist Don Friedman – a set that's definitely progressive, but which also has a heck of a lot of warmth too – that fantastic balance of new ideas and lyricism that made Friedman one of the freshest pianists to emerge in the 60s, and which continued strongly through ... read moreCD
Friends & Neighbors have really deepened their voice for this wonderful album – definitely showing us what's next, as they move past their initial inspiration from Ornette Coleman, and open up in modes that are completely their own! Some of the best passages here have this rich, melodic, ... read moreCD
Features Bill Frisell on guitar and loops – with Viktor Krauss on bass and Kenny Wollesen on drums on the live set on CD1 – and Tony Scherr on bass and acoustic guitar, and Wollesen on drums and percussion on the live set on CD2. CD
Bill Frisell is in a really wonderful trio here – working with Rudy Royston on drums and Thomas Morgan on bass – players who maybe seem to bring out some of Frisell's most inventive sounds in years! Bill plays both acoustic and electric guitar – and the latter instrument often ... read moreCD
Bill Frisell & Thomas Morgan —
Small Town ... CD ECM (Germany), 2017. Used ...
Bill Frisell on guitar & Thomas Morgan on double bass. CD
A charming little set from the great Dave Frishberg – easily one of the hippest singers and songwriters in jazz during the past few decades! The set's got Dave working solo – just singing along with his own piano accompaniment – in a whimsical way that matches the same sort of ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
There's a heck of a lot of music in this set – more than enough to show that avant guitar genius Fred Frith has been alive and well in recent years – and at very collaborative level too! The package selects recordings from over 80 concerts that Frith performed at The Stone in New York ... read moreCD
A lost Hammond classic – from organist Mick Weaver, who famously worked with the group Traffic! This set's a lot different than the work he did in that band, though – as the album's all instrumental, and has a quick-stepping, all-soul sound that's a lot like the best Jimmy McGriff ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Briggan Krauss & Oscar Noriega on alto sax, Andy Laster on baritone sax, Stomu Takeishi on bass, Ches Smith on drums, Nels Cline on guitar, Ellery Eskelin & Tony Malaby on tenor sax, Curtis Hasselbring & Joe Fiedler on trombone & Dave Ballou, Herb Robertson & Natsuki Tamura on ... read moreCD
Long-spun sounds from this Japanese avant collective – a group that's got the lineup of a jazz orchestra, but which often comes off with a smaller, more intimate feel! The recordings here are mostly live – and feature the group's reed-heavy lineup moving in very compelling ways – ... read moreCD
Beautiful work from pianist Ryo Fukui – a relatively recent set, but one that sparkles with all the charm and imagination of his famous records from years back! The format is a familiar trio – with Takumi Awaya on bass and Itetsu Takemura on drums – but as always with Fukui, the ... read moreCD
Beautiful work from pianist Ryo Fukui – a relatively recent set, but one that sparkles with all the charm and imagination of his famous records from years back! The format is a familiar trio – with Takumi Awaya on bass and Itetsu Takemura on drums – but as always with Fukui, the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Half-speed matered on 180 gram vinyl! Limited edition.)
A well-titled album from Japanese pianist Ryo Fukui – one that's got a warm sense of flow that takes it well past conventional piano trio work! The group here features Fukui on piano, Satoshi Denpo on bass, and Yoshinori Fukui on drums – all working together beautifully as a unit ... read moreCD
(Out of print, 2006 pressing with bonus track – part of the Shibuya Jazz Classics reissue series!)
A smoking trio set from Japanese pianist Ryo Fukui – recorded in New York with help from Lisle Atkinson on bass and Leroy Williams on drums! The date's a bit later than some of the classics from the golden age of Japanese piano trio recordings, but has a very similar vibe – and in ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Half-speed mastered on 180 gram vinyl! Limited edition.)
Lyrical magic from pianist Ryo Fukui – a lost gem from the Japanese scene of the 70s, and a beautifully flowing album throughout! Fukui's got a wide-open touch to the piano that we totally love – and is easily one of the best of his contemporaries on the Japanese trio scene of the time ... read moreCD
(Out of print 2005 pressing with 2 bonus tracks – includes obi!)
Excellent work from Full Blast – a trio who really live up to their name, joined here by another trio of guests – with a sound that's even more of a full blast than before! The core group features Peter Brotzmann on saxes, Marino Pliakas on bass, and Michael Wertmuller on drums – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Full Faith & Credit Big Band —
Jazz Faire ... LP PAJ, 1981. Very Good+ Gatefold ...
Notable sidemen include Ed McClary on drums, Duncan James on guitar, Smith Dobson on piano and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Spine has a sticker.)
Full Faith & Credit Big Band —
FF&C III ... LP TBA, 1988. Near Mint- ...
Led by trombonist and arranger Chris Braymen, and featured soloists include Tod Dickow, Jeff Cressman, Jeff Beal, Tony Corman, Jeff Ballard, Steve Steinberg, and John Worley. LP, Vinyl record album
One of Dizzy Gillespie's hippest big band sessions ever – and one of the few dates as a leader from arranger Gil Fuller! Fuller will always be best-remembered as the man who composed some of Dizzy Gillespie's best known tunes from the bop era – like "Manteca", "One Bass ... read moreCD
One of Dizzy Gillespie's hippest big band sessions ever – and one of the few dates as a leader from arranger Gil Fuller! Fuller will always be best-remembered as the man who composed some of Dizzy Gillespie's best known tunes from the bop era – like "Manteca", "One Bass ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A newly majestic setting for James Moody in the 60s – thanks to the mighty arranging talents of Gil Fuller! The album's similar to one that Fuller did with Dizzy Gillespie at the same time – a blend of large ensemble backings and soulful work by the solo star – which in this case ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
College jazz band out of Fullerton, California. 8 titles including the Les Hooper composition "Licks & Tricks", "Four Play", "Shuffle This", "Bop Brothers Beach Party", "Morning Sun" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has an index label and clear tape on the spine.)
Fullerton College Jazz Ensemble —
Love Ya ... LP AM PM, 1986. Near Mint- ...
College jazz band out of Fullerton, California, directed by James Linahon and Brent Pierce. Titles include "Falling In Love With Love", "Sunshine Of Your Love", "Lover Man", "Can't Buy Me Love", and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has an index label with clear tape on the spine.)
Two excellent albums from Funk Inc on one CD! Superfunk is one of the band's greatest albums – and a really tight batch of funky tunes given some stellar production by David Axelrod! The band's a bit tighter than on earlier releases – leaving behind the hard jazz-jam sound for a more ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreCD
A seminal set of crossover fusion from this mid 80s supergroup – a quartet headed up by drummer Steve Gadd, with work from Richard Tee on keyboards, Cornell Dupree on guitar, and Eddie Gomez on bass! All players had worked together often on 70s fusion sets, and come together perfectly here ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An album with a sound as hip as its title, and one that features Gagnon on alto, tenor, and flute – all played with a nicely sharp tone that's at once both strongly modern, yet also surprisingly soulful – the kind of vibe you might expect from Roland Kirk or Yusef Lateef, but with less ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing. Cover has light wear, and some splitting on the top seam, which is partially taped.)
Okeh and Decca sessions from Slim Gaillard and his groups the Royal Rhythm Boys and the Flat Foot Floogee Boys, the latter featuring Ben Webster, Jimmy Rowles, Slam Stewart, and a young Chico Hamilton! (Vocalists, Jazz)CD
A pretty cool little record – one that features small combo jazz takes on classical things, but in a lively upbeat groove! Supposedly the set was put together by Dick Hyman, who works here as pianist Serge Sputnick – and other instrumentation includes tenor, guitar, bass, and drums. LP, Vinyl record album
One of the most righteous albums of jazz ever recorded – a brilliant blend of soulful and avant garde styles, backed up by a chorus of voices that have a really soulful sound! The album's the second recorded for Blue Note by the Ghetto Music ensemble of trumpeter Eddie Gale – a lesser-k ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
2 fusion classics from guitarist Eric Gale – back to back on one CD! Ginseng Woman is wonderfully strong effort from Gale – a player who'd done countless studio work on fusion sessions in the 70s, but who never really broke that strongly as a leader until this set! Gale's tone here is ... read moreCD
Soaring soulful fusion from Eric Gale – part of his great run for Columbia Records in the late 70s, and a set that's got a nicely grooving bottom – thanks to production from Ralph MacDonald, and arrangements from William Eaton! The groove's uptempo at times, but always in a jazz-funk ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sweet fusion from the great Eric Gale – two late 70s albums back to back on a single CD! Part Of You is part of Gale's great run for Columbia Records in the late 70s, and a set that's got a nicely grooving bottom – thanks to production from Ralph MacDonald, and arrangements from ... read moreCD
One of the really beautiful 70s albums from the duo of Charles Austin and Joe Gallivan – the former on soprano, tenor, and flute – the latter on moog! The mix of moog and reeds is great – and other players include Kenny Wheeler and Ian Hamer on trumpets, Nick Evans on trombone, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
With Garbarek on tenor and soprano sax, Bill Frisell on guitar, Eberhard Weber on bass, and Michael DiPasqua on drums and percussion. LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Cover has a promo sticker.)
Jan Garbarek & Kjell Johnsen —
Aftenland ... CD ECM (Germany), 1980. New Copy ...
Saxophonist Jan Garbarek has always had a great ear for an unusual setting for his horns – and here, he continues that strong legacy by working with Kjell Johnsen – a keyboardist who plays a pipe organ in a very spacious way! The mix of the large instrument and the ECM production style ... read moreCD
Jan Garbarek & The Hilliard Ensemble —
Mnemosyne ... CD ECM, 1998. Used 2 CDs ...
Jan Garbarek performs on reeds with a quartet of vocalists. CD
A rollicking batch of 60s instrumentals, served up by drummer June Gardner – billed as Gentleman June on the cover! June's from New Orleans, but the groove here is more in a Memphis mode – vamping along with a larger group in a post-Ray Charles mode – featuring tighter soul ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear, some splitting in the bottom seam, and a small drillhole through the center. Label has a small drillhole.)
A rare early 70s session from pianist Red Garland – one of his first in many years after a strong 50s run for Prestige! The record shows Red losing none of his warmth and grace on the keys – and he's set up in a great trio with Sam Jones on bass and Roy Brooks on drums – both ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Simple and soulful elegance from the great Red Garland – prime mid-50s material for Prestige, recorded here with incredible backing from Paul Chambers and Art Taylor! The tightness of the trio is amazing – but never so much so that it gets in the way of Red's warmly introspective modes ... read moreCD
Long tracks and plenty of room to move around – a perfect setting for the classic sound of the Red Garland Trio on Prestige! Despite the title, the album's not so much groovy as it is lyrically beautiful and filled with sensitivity – a key bridge between piano players of the mainstream ... read moreCD
One of the best by Red Garland for Prestige – a totally cooking record that features some great added conga work from Ray Barretto! Ray's presence really helps the record live up to its Latin-styled title – and Garland's usual trio with Paul Chambers on bass and Art Taylor on drums ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black & silver label stereo NJ pressing with RVG Stereo stamp. Vinyl has some oxidation and plays with some crackles. Cover has light aging and a name in pen on back.)
Red Garland —
Misty Red ... CD Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1982. New Copy ...
A great later session from pianist Red Garland – recorded in the early 80s with support from Ahmad Jamal's old trio-mates – Jamil Nassar on bass and Frank Gant on drums! The Garland heard here is a gentler one than on his earlier recordings – playing with a nice Jamal-like sense ... read moreCD
One of the harder to find Red Garland sessions on Prestige – two records' worth of material that was issued on 4 different albums! The set is noteworthy not only for an excellent stretched out trio performance by Garland – working here with Specs Wright on drums and Jimmy Rowser on ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Red Garland/Ron Carter/Philly Joe Jones —
Crossings ... LP Galaxy, 1978. Near Mint- ...
Titles include "Solar", "Oleo", "But Not For Me", "Love For Sale", and "Never Let Me Go". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp and some drip stains on front.)
Tim Garland —
Refocus ... CD Edition (UK), 2020. New Copy ...
Saxophonist Tim Garland pays tribute to a very unique moment in the career of Stan Getz – his early 60s collaboration with composer Eddie Sauter, on the orchestral project Focus from 1969! Garland really invokes the modern jazz vibe of the set here – using strings along with the core ... read moreCD
Tim Garland —
Refocus ... LP Edition (UK), 2020. New Copy ...
Saxophonist Tim Garland pays tribute to a very unique moment in the career of Stan Getz – his early 60s collaboration with composer Eddie Sauter, on the orchestral project Focus from 1969! Garland really invokes the modern jazz vibe of the set here – using strings along with the core ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An unusual 60s album that tries to link piano legend Erroll Garner to the crowds on the college campuses of the time – but with a vibe that's very different than most of the modern jazz sets that were usually issued in a similar format! This set was recorded mostly at Purdue University, and ... read moreCD
Garner grooves nicely here – finding an almost renewed energy for the 60s, but still hitting all those highly-rhythmic modes we love so much in his early work! The recording quality is great – lots of bold echo from the piano, and even a bit of Erroll's grunting vocalizations somewhere ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(80s French pressing on RCA. Cover has an index label with clear tape on the spine.)
Pure and simple pianistics from the great Erroll Garner – an album built around his famous composition "Misty", and featuring a number of other tunes played with equally fragile beauty. You may think you've got Garner pegged, but there's a quality to this work that really haunts us ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Erroll Garner's first album of the 70s – and a set that's a perfect demonstration of that way he could always groove, but with an edge! The first 30 seconds of the album have this sense of bold freedom that might make you think you've accidentally put on a record by Cecil Taylor – that ... read moreCD
Erroll Garner gets a great added boost here – thanks to Jose Mangual Jr, who plays congas on this great date from 1971! The presence of Mangual's congas make the album sound a bit like some of the George Shearing Amigos albums on MPS – a sound that still echoes the older modes of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A collection of late 40s sessions – including solo and trio recordings with Red Callender and Doc West from 1947; with Oscar Moore (?), Nelson Boyd, and Teddy Stewart from 1948; and a few sessions, both solo and trio, from 1949 including dates with Leonard Gaskin and Charlie Smith, and John ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has an index label and clear tape on the spine.)
A very personal album from Erroll Garner, as you might guess from the title – a set of solo piano numbers delivered with an even deeper sense of lyricism than usual! Garner's still got a bit of his trademark sense of rhythm here, but he also works with a more powerful sense of flow – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original 6 eye mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear.)
A nicely offbeat session from Erroll Garner – with some slightly unusual aspects, yet all the great choppy grooves we've always loved in his music! That's My Kick features a cool lineup that's somewhere in territory you might find on Verve or Prestige Records at the time – some nice ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has an index label and clear tape on the spine.)
Two nicely offbeat sessions from Erroll Garner – both with some slightly unusual aspects, yet all the great choppy grooves we've always loved in his music! That's My Kick features a cool lineup that's somewhere in territory you might find on Verve or Prestige Records at the time – some ... read moreCD